Bellows-Valvair Open - Archived Standings
$50,000 BELLOWS-VALVAIR OPEN
N. Versailles Lanes, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sep 4-7, 1970
Success Story: Riches To "Rags"
Johnny (Rags) Petraglia, the kid from Brooklyn, won't soon forget the Bellows-Valvair Open, held at North Versailles, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Knowing that he needed a victory to regain his eligibility for the $100,000 Firestone, the skinny lefthander came through with a gritty performance that saw him overhaul Mike McGrath, leader most of the way.
After 24 games, Mike was eight in front and then added to his lead after the first seven match games. It was at this point that Johnny started his move and when they came into the final game, his lead was an unbeatable 302 pins. Still, there was no letdown for Rags, who uncorked a 257 game to demote McGrath to third place, only one pin behind Bob Shank and only one ahead of fourth-placer Tommy Tuttle. Next in line came Butch Gearhart.
That final game, in which almost every place except first was still undecided, saw Shank whip Lindy Lundeen, 247-182, to upset most apple carts. For Shank, his second-place finish made it two high-up placings in as many PBA outings.
FINALS AFTER 40 GAMES
*Alternate. **Local Entry. 24-Game Qualifying Leader-McGrath, 5238. 16th Low-Wallers, 4862. PRO-AM CASHERS ($50)-Mike Limongello, Dave Davis, Don Helling, Lindy Lundeen, Tommy Tuttle, Curt Schmidt.